St. Louis/Kansas City

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t live there anymore but my corporate office is still in KC area. Anything in Johnson County is pretty nice. I prefer the Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee area. (Shawnee mission has a great dog park with a lake if that’s your sort of thing.) Johnson County is the most expensive county in Kansas. I think it’s probably on par with Boulder, CO or like Colorado Springs. It’s definitely cheaper than most parts of Cali or NE. I don’t know anything about St. Louis or KCMO. I actually lived in Lawrence and commuted to the city (spent most of my time in KCK). I loved Lawrence, and only had about a 30 minute commute. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I live halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis so I know some of the areas. I’m partial to Missouri myself but the Kansas side has some very nice areas, as PP mentioned. On the Missouri side there’s Lee’s Summit, Parkville, Liberty. Cost of living is pretty cheap in my opinion and taxes are low too. It’s SO MUCH cheaper than Connecticut (where I grew up). 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I live an hour east of KCMO! I think you would be happy in lee’s Summit or Blue Springs on the Missouri side. These are nice areas I’m actually trying to get to! On the Kansas side, the pp is correct – Overland Park is very nice. I wouldn’t recommend St. Louis. It’s  ranked one of the most dangerous cities in the US. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would actually recommend St. Louis. I’ve been to both cities, and like both. I would never want to live in St. Louis itself, but the suburbs are nice. I highly recommend St. Charles or St. Peters. The city itself has a lot of nice things. The Missouri Botanical Garden is amazing and we go to all of the events they host. Fox theatre is great for catching plays and musicals, although a bit expensive ($100+/ticket). I never would have expected that I would end up living outside of St. Louis but I love it. Our jobs are here and we’re not going anywhere, but I’m happy with that. We’re close enough to go do cool things (with about a half HR drive depending on traffic) but far enough away we feel perfectly safe. The cost of living is great compared to others in our industry (software engineering). The weather isn’t my favorite, but I grew up in the northeast and I prefer it colder. It’s humid and too hot for me! But the winters are pretty darn nice.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I’m from STL! Lived here my entire life, and actually live about 45mins from downtown. The great thing about STL is you can live in the suburbs of it and still be so close to downtown. In regards to a PP – the suburbs of STL are pretty safe, also only parts of downtown are bad. The cost of living in suburban STL is very affordable as well.

I try to keep my bee anonymus in terms of revealing anything too personal, but please feel free to PM me 🙂 I’d be more than happy to talk about how the lifestyle is here. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I live in St. Louis and I really love it. There are some amazing schools here, I know nothing about school districts, etc. Yet. I actually live in the city and have pretty much since I moved down here from college. There are some amazing city areas (and some not so amazing ones!) The suburbs are really nice, and depending on where go can be cheaper or more expensive. Living in the city itself does come with a 1% tax on your wages. Taxes here are actually fairly inexpensive. My parents have a house in both IL and MO and siad that the MO taxes are SO much cheaper! COL in St. Louis is VERY reasonable. There are houses in literally every price range, just depending on where you want to live. There are some suburbs that are more expensive (Ladue, Clayton, etc.) but most are very reasonable. The parks here cannot be beat.  They are very well taken care of and there are a lot of them! There is a park within walking distance of whatever house you could possibly want. Also a lot of the city ammenities are completely free (Zoo, History/Art/Science museum, etc.) 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I agree on St. Louis as well. St. Louis city itself is somewhat dangerous but there are tons of great suburbs around. It’s a great area all around. I don’t think you could go wrong with either place. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I live in KC. Well, a suburb of KC. I LOVE it here. I grew up here, moved away then moved back. I agree with PP about living in Johnson County. It’s nicer over here. Better schools, better parks, better trails. It’s a great place to live. 

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Darling Husband grew up in Overland Park (KC) and his brother is still there, in Olathe. We’ve visited a lot and I love the KC area. It’s an area where I can see us settling at some point. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

daisyqueen :  I’m in Lenexa. Little lower cost of living than Overland Park, near EVERYTHING. Takes me 12 minutes to get to work on just the main roads. It’s great. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I live in KC, and prefer it to StL but I’m probably biased as I have other reasons to prefer to live in Kansas.  I live in Johnson County (Kansas) and it’s really nice but I also have 2 kids.  We live fairly close to a great trail and it’s safe with good public schools.  There is a lot to do with children.  COL is low compared to east/west cost but it’s more expensive than the rest of the state for the most part. If you don’t want any kids there are a lot of fun areas in KC, Missouri to live but you would want to send your kid to a private school.  Kansas City, KS school district and KC, Missouri school district aren’t very good.  If I was going to live in Missouri I would probably go north to the Parkville or surrounding area.  Gas and property taxes are cheaper in MO and you can buy liquor in grocery stores in missouri but not in Kansas.  Kansas City (non suburb areas) is generally pretty safe if you’re staying in the more popular areas (like where the popular restaurants, bars, museums are) while they are open.  Politically they’re both probably a mess though lol.

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